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07/21/2010

Shirley Sherrod controversy

The woman at the center of a racially tinged firestorm involving the Obama administration and the NAACP said Wednesday she doesn't know if she'd return to her job at the Agriculture Department, even if asked.

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday he would reconsider the department's decision to oust Shirley Sherrod over her comments that she didn't give a white farmer as much help as she could have 24 years ago.

CIick here to read the latest and to see video of the controversial comments.

Then, let us know what you think. Could her comments be considered racist, or were they misinterpreted? Should she have been pressured to resign? Should she be offered her job back? And if it is offered, should she accept? Sound off, and you might see your comments on Eyewitness News. 

Comments

Steve

Tea, Coffee, Republican, Democratic, Independent party: There should be a law, or a provision in the law that severely punishes anyone who (intentionally or by omission) misrepresent the facts.

What happens to the man who gets away with this misrepresentation? Racism has many faces and postures, some of which are cruel hearts banging away at their keyboards. God helps this nation.

Matt C

I think someone should take Fox News to task for endlessly broadcasting this story before they had the whole story. It was irresponsible reporting at its worst. The mainstream media lits Fox News off with its "reporting" time and time again. I think it is time someone reveals Fox News for the muckrakers that they are.

Erwin Michael Green

Not only is Ms. Sherrod owed an apology, but it remains to be seen if
any action will be taken against Andrew Breidbart for posting the out of
context video which started the erroneous firestorm in the first place.

Sterling Johnson

I am a black man, I have been to a few NAACP meetings and conventions.

Never heard Sherrod speak in person but 9 out of 10 NAACP speakers all have a similar story of sticking it to the white man. We all get a kick out of it.

To pretend like we don't to pretend we are disgusted that she was fired just shows how two faced we all are.

The problem with the NAACP and the Tea Party isn't the fact they have racist elements in both. It's the fact we are afraid to admit we are all racist.

But at the end of the day its brothers keeping brothers back now a days not the white man even if we try to claim its the white man.

JIM SULLIVAN

If the roles were reversed and it was a white person who spewed racist remarks would anyone even consider giving her job back. And what about the spectators at the NAACP conference who laughed and cheered at her comments?

Shani

I don't understand why a) anyone would call for Sherrod's resignation without investigating these allegations, or b) why no one is willing to publicly challenge the tea party? I have seen more racist rhetoric spewed in the last year than at any other time in recent history, and they are largely to blame for being instigators and inflammatory. They are targeting Blacks, Muslims, and Hispanics with no regard for truth or justice, and the fact that people do not question them makes them a dangerous threat instead of a pesky nuisance.

John M. from Staten Island, NY

I too owe Ms. Sherrod an apology... I took the initial web posts at face value and prematurely formed an opinion.

Anwar Williams

I'm a 29 year old African American male from Brooklyn, NY and this angers me. Not because she was wrongfully fired but the fact that she was fired because of the political climate we live in. Here we have someone who has apparently built her career on helping people and because our politicians are more concerned with their parties' appearance she is no longer doing what we ELECT our politicians to do. HELP PEOPLE. This issue is a small part of a bigger picture. Whether it's Republicans, Democrats and Tea Party Patriots slandering each other or so called unbiased news organizations making matters worse by not getting and/or showing all the facts. Somehow, we as a people have been forgotten. It seems a politician's job is no longer to make sure their constituents are taken care of but is to make sure they have the upper hand in the so called power struggle amongst the parties. In this case the needs of the ONE outweigh the MANY. Since it seems that Mrs. Sherrod is has a genuine passion for helping people and for lecturing others to help more, maybe she shouldn't go back to the USDA. Instead, she should run for public office because that kind of passion is lacking in today's government.

Anwar Williams

I'm a 29 year old African American male from Brooklyn, NY and this angers me. Not because she was wrongfully fired but the fact that she was fired because of the political climate we live in. Here we have someone who has apparently built her career on helping people and because our politicians are more concerned with their parties' appearance she is no longer doing what we ELECT our politicians to do. HELP PEOPLE. This issue is a small part of a bigger picture. Whether it's Republicans, Democrats and Tea Party Patriots slandering each other or so called unbiased news organizations making matters worse by not getting and/or showing all the facts. Somehow, we as a people have been forgotten. It seems a politician's job is no longer to make sure their constituents are taken care of but is to make sure they have the upper hand in the so called power struggle amongst the parties. In this case the needs of the ONE outweigh the MANY. Since it seems that Mrs. Sherrod is has a genuine passion for helping people and for lecturing others to help more, maybe she shouldn't go back to the USDA. Instead, she should run for public office because that kind of passion is lacking in today's government.

Neicole S

It's very sad how colorless people consciously and consistently go out of their way to attempt to make people of color, specifically Black people, look poorly. The effort this person went through to attempt to make Shirley Sherrod look racist was in itself a racist act. What colorless people don't seem to understand is that black people are condtioned, and have been for hundreds of years, to embrace and tolerate other races & cultures, no matter how they treat or view them. Another important fact that colorless people forget is that culturally, most black believe in God & forgiveness is automatically built into that. I could be wrong, but it appears that even though the general outward concensus is usually that black people as a whole need to consistenty achieve more and do better, colorless people will really only be satisfied as long as they can say, "these people" are animals and should be treated as such. Sad (smh)...and whats even sadder is, the media and the public will all give him a round of applause, a pat on the back and say it was all one huge misunderstanding.

Mrs. Y. Carter

I wonder how any professional person of power could make a decision like this one without thoroughly investigating the Sherrod controversy. It seems to me that huge mistakes were made and no one wants to take the blame. Furthermore, I do not trust anyone from the TEA Party because they are some of the biggest racists going. Anytime you can post pictures about the president of your country with no regard of how this may affect his children and wife, it makes you wonder about the people who want to come to this country to escape the problems of where they live. Is this the best country in the world, or are we perprtrating a fraud, inquiring minds want to know!

Dianne Registered  Nurse from Middletown,NY. aka Deemom1

I call the Shirley Sherrod controversy," The Obama affect".
The affect on the black community, in response to the 1st black American president. Black Americans are strong, we know we bare the burden of this president, and Ms. Sherrod
an American Hero, understands that more than anyone.


Cornelia Major

This is just one in a long line of attempts by the Tea Party to discredit the Obama Administration by knowingly presenting misinformation in an attempt to alarm the public and sway the 2012 election. Its unfortunate the Obama administration shot from the hip on this one.

Bishop

I think it's a shame how far Conservative's will go, to get the wrong point out,or to take the American people off the Main Topic. If this had been true, they would have critized why she was not fired, like FoX News did! I am sorry this happened the way it did, some Democrat'e as well as NAACP, are trying to do the right thing, and really missed this one. I hope Ms Sherrod can understand & forgive. Take your job back & continue to do good, you worked for it & deserve it.

Marcela Delcoro

Racism and discrimination should not exist in these times and days, but who are we kidding, is always gonna be there, and there's racism and discrimination among people wo'h been discriminated. Tea Party people, we are in the year 2010, get a clue, find a balance, too conservative doesn't work. And I know a lot of people are against Obama just because he's black, some can't stand a black Presidente, oh ignorance. I rather have a black President, but smart and kind than a moron in that position. Anyway, who cares about skin color if that human does the job?

herewegoagain

the Tea Party a.k.a the KKK once again telling lies and spewing hate. If this dosen't prove they are racist pigs I don't know what does

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